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Starred Review. Grade 1-4–Fourteen artists present their mostly visual answers to the age-old question in two-page illustrations done in various mediums and styles. Words are at a minimum; the pictures speak for themselves. Marla Frazee's solution is simple, showing a brown hen hurrying from a plain wooden coop pelted by rain to a colorful, palacelike haven surrounded by blue sky (a thought bubble reads: duh). In Mo Willems's scene, a nervous fowl responds to a grilling by angry police officers by swearing that she crossed just…to get to the other side! Honest! Meanwhile, the heat is on, as a cop prepares a barbecue in the background. Judy Schachner's plump black chicken that foolishly heads to a dinner date with two hungry foxes, …wasn't just free-range…she was de-ranged! Jerry Pinkney's familiar Little Red Hen goes over to attend a tea party with her friends, while Harry Bliss's cartoon critter runs away from mutated zombie chickens from Mars! An equally funny section entitled Why Did the Artist Cross the Road? provides the illustrators' responses along with brief lists of their works. It's not often that one title is filled with such talent and such child appeal. This book will have readers cackling with glee and crowing for more.–Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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What is perhaps the world's most tired joke becomes fresh and inspired in this lively collection of work by well-known contemporary children's book artists. On each double-page spread, a different contributor offers a new, illustrated punch line to the title question. Several selections are sweet and whimsical. "Because his sister's marrying Toad," reads Vladimir Radunsky's text, which accompanies an image of a tuxedo-clad chicken. Other interpretations are sly twists on the joke's words: "I'm telling you guys, I just did it to get to the other side!" says Mo Willems' panicked bird (which curiously resembles an egg-laying rooster) to intimidating police detectives. Many spreads are wordless, such as Jon Agee's hilarious scene of horror-movie pandemonium, in which a chicken and the rest of the city flee giant stampeding lizards. More contemplative, evocative selections are contributed by Mary Grandpre and Chris Raschka. Lots of fun for young children, this collection, which demonstrates the impressive artistic range and talent featured in today's picture books, will also attract older art students and children's book enthusiasts. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; 1 edition (September 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803730942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803730946
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I guess I should not judge this book by its cover.
S. Grabowski
A nice quick read that a young child will enjoy and even their parents or older siblings.
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Consider this book to be an essential addition to any picture book collection.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There are some jokes out there that are so classic they've passed the point where they're funny anymore. Knock-knock jokes fall into this category. Light bulb jokes too. And then there's the best one of them all. Why-did-the-chicken-cross-the-road jokes. Boy oh boy you just can't make anyone laugh with one of those anymore, can you? Well that's the way my thinking would have gone had I not picked up a bizarre little picture book title by the same name. In this book fourteen different children's illustrators are each granted a two-page spread to offer their answer to this, the oldest of questions. No two answers are exactly alike and no two illustrators have styles even vaguely similar. It makes for a book that kids will adore, grown-ups will pore over, and insipient illustrators will want to keep very close at hand.

So why did the chicken cross the road? The answer may surprise you. Marla Frazee, illustrator of things like "Roller Coaster", and the recent smash hit, "Walk On: A Guide For Babies", shows a determined chicken crossing a road away from a rain-soaked grey-skied chicken coop towards a blue-skied brightly colored fun-factory of a building. Her single thought: "duh". Turn the page and Mo Willems has taken an entirely different tack. In the gloom of a police department some hard-boiled cops are giving a very nervous chicken (note the number of eggs under its chair) the third degree. The chicken itself is insisting that "I just did it to get to the other side! Honest!". To one side a detective is pouring the contents of a significant looking charcoal bag onto a grill. The entire book is like this. David Shannon taps into a vein not dissimilar from his beloved "Duck On a Bike" to show us chicken at the wheel of a fancy red convertible.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
An inspired idea: Get 14 leading kids' book illustratos to write the illustrate their punch line to the old chestnut of a riddle "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road." It's like a series of knock-knock jokes: Rapid-fire visual and written humor that proceeds in wonderfully silly fashion, even if a few are not quite as clever as the others.

The 14 2-page spreads are like a narrow window into each illustrator's style and sense of humor. While each is unique, there were more similarities than I would have imagined. A common theme was that the chicken crossed to join some wild or unexpected extravaganza unavailable on the current side of the road. This might be am ultra-chic (chick?) new chicken house (Frazee), a Victorian-era picnic lunch (somewhat dull, but a great tapestry-like picture by Jerry Pinkney), a Cubist/Gaugin inspired tropical oasis in the middle of a vegetable patch (Grandpre)), or simply a huge sandwich at "Lou's Diner Across the ROad." (Catrow).

The best of the lot, I think, are those that subvert the traditional elements of the joke. Leave it to Mo Willems to picture a chicken in a police station, nervously insisyinh "I'm telling you guys, I just did it to get to the other side! Honest!" while, in a deft visual pun, another detective pours charcoal on a grill. David Shannon and Lynn Mussinger approach the question somewhat matter-of-factly: Shannon answers, "Because the light was green," with a chicken, pig, and cow joy-riding--to the joy of kids, and the shock and dismay of adults. Mussinger replies "because the light said 'walk,'" and shows an entire street full of chickens and chickens only, including police-chicken, shoppers coming from "Coopingdale's," and a tiny chicken on roller skates--even the crosswalk sign shows a chicken walking.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Krisilou VINE VOICE on March 8, 2007
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I'm not sure if my daughter enjoyed this as much as I did, but this book is hilarious and fun. This collection of illustrations is top-notch, to put it simply. This is a great book for stimulating interactive questions between the reader and the listener, too. This is one that YOU will want to read again and again. Oh yeah, and your child/students probably will, too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Austindavo on January 3, 2007
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Imagine your kids favorite authors/illustrators each providing a page to this book wherein they answer the age old riddle of why did the chicken cross the road? The book is funny with fantastic pictures and should have wide appeal for primary schoolers and parents alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pouncedlion on August 8, 2008
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It was very interesting (to me, anyway) to see the different writers takes on the chicken story. I thought it was fun.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on May 10, 2007
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If you want a collection of children's artists, this book would fit the bill. Otherwise, I didn't find this to be a "keeper"-check it out from the library rather than spend your money. Artists are not necessarily great writers-after a couple of readings, my kids were bored with it.
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In truth I only knew one of the writer/illustrators before coming into this book--Mo Williems, author of the Pigeon books and Knuffle Bunny (as well as others). I love the Pigeon books and have read them all (I even have a Pigeon plushie). I enjoyed this book even though I'm way above the target age (4-8); the different 'answers' to the question are certainly inventive and hilarious.

Some are certainly better then others, but all 14 two-page spreads offer a creative answer to one of the oldest jokes around. At the end there is a spread with short blurbs from each author offering a quick joke illustrating who they are effectively plus beneath each is a short list of their books.

A nice quick read that a young child will enjoy and even their parents or older siblings. Who knows it might even spark their imagination to come up with an even crazier reason.
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